Employees see University through
night of turmoil
of the Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff
lost its oldest tree to Isabel last week, a massive white oak
believed to be 256 years old. Here, third-year student Ryan
Thompson inspects the tree, which stood until last Friday between
Brooks Hall and the Rotunda.
By Carol Wood
Thursday afternoon, Hurricane Isabel swept over the University,
bringing an evening of turmoil that left the Grounds without power
until early Friday morning.
At about 6 p.m., roughly an hour after much of the University lost
electricity, Leonard W. Sandridge, executive vice president and
chief operating officer, pulled on his U.Va. Police raingear and
set out on what would be the first of several Grounds tours he would
make throughout the night.
was not alone. Hundreds of University employees worked around the
clock to keep patients and students safely sheltered and well fed.
Papers of civil rights pioneer who
was denied admission come home to U.Va. Library
By Charlotte Morford
1934, the University of Virginia had been accepting female students
to its graduate programs for nearly 15 years. Still recovering from
the backlash that came with this policy (and its affront to views
on the proper education of a Southern gentleman), the
Board of Visitors received an application from Alice Carlotta Jackson,
a 22-year-old Richmond native. Her application and the decision
it prompted changed the states history.
Jackson was the first African American to apply to a Virginia graduate
school. She received a letter from the U.Va. board that rejected
her on the basis of race as well as other good and sufficient
reasons. She wrote back, asking for details so she could address
those mysterious reasons, and her letter touched off a passionate
and public debate that led to the passage of a law that paid black
Virginians to attend graduate school out of state. That historic
correspondence, and 60 boxes of related papers, photographs and
other documents pertaining to her later distinguished career as
an educator, were recently given by her family to the U.Va. Library.